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  • Tried too hard, didn't deliver.

    Sadly, I'm not a fan of this book. While I found the characters interesting and the overall plot held promise, the story just dragged and dragged. The author has at least a dozen different possible plot directions thinly established and then the conclusion is a real disappointment . It felt like he tired of writing and just wanted to wrap it up quickly ! It was not believable to me and left so many "threads" just hanging , unexplained. Maybe subsequent books are better but I won't bother to find out. Sorry, Mr. Booth.

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  • Black Dog fails to bite

    Whilst I understand that this was the first Cooper and Fry stories, it really lacked the professionalism of Stephen Booth's later work in the series, both as a story teller, and as a developer of characters. Cooper's persona was seriously underdeveloped, and we had no idea of what Fry even looked like physically. It's important for the reader to "see" the characters in their mind's eye, but this was never achieved with either protagonist. Also, far too much time was spent exhaustively describing the surrounding countryside's geography, the patterns of the wallpapers and curtains, or the old blokes talking in the pub etc. We just don't need that degree of deliberately instilled trivia or local flavour to convincingly set the scene. The storyline was plodding to a degree such that I was on the verge of skipping pages early on in the book--which is a bad sign for both the writer and the reader. The dialogue between characters was also somewhat stilted for a 21st century audience. One wouldn't necessarily expect or tolerate a flood of obscenities, but the way--particularly the male police-- were conversing was more like something from the 1960s. Say like the TV series "Heartbeat" set in that period. All in all then, not a particularly satisfying read; too long by 100 pages, plus a lack of any genuine suspense and/or mystery. Cannot recommend.

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  • An enjoyable read

    A good story well paced and believable characters.

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  • Connections

    I didn't realise the location would be so familiar, before buying the book, but as I had previously lived on the border of Yorkshire and Derbyshire it was most nostalgic. The characters were well drawn and the plot moved along well. I didn't spot the ending too early and I was intrigued with the relationship of the two police officers. I can't, at the moment, think how this will be extended into a series, but I am willing to try the follow up.

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  • Black Dog

    Great read,very accurate description of rural Peak District

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